Scottish Isles & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

5th Aug 2020 8 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2022
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,199 per person

Experience the very best of Scotland, with a perfect mix of remote islands, beautiful waterways and the attraction-packed historic capital. This enriching exploration presents untouched landscapes, captivating wildlife and ancient historical sites, and an unmissable opportunity to attend two iconic, internationally renowned events.

While a melting pot of extraordinary experiences awaits throughout your holiday, the chance to revel in the excitement of the Scottish capital’s most famous annual events is sure to stand out. [ReadMoreMob]Docking overnight in nearby Rosyth, you’ll be perfectly placed to head to Edinburgh at a time when the city comes alive with the International Festival’s performances of live theatre, music, opera and dance. Your specially timed call also coincides with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This quintessentially British occasion, which takes place on the esplanade of the city’s iconic castle, is watched annual by millions of viewers around the globe, though you have the chance to experience all the pomp, splendour and incredible performances from talented military bands live and in person. [ReadMoreDesk]

Aside from your very special visit to the capital, the time you spend ashore at three breathtaking islands will be simply unforgettable too. During a call at Kirkwall, capital of the Orkneys, you could tour to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, home to remarkable Neolithic structures that pre-date Egypt’s pyramids; visit the ancient ceremonial stones of Stenness and Brodgar; or savour the sight of mighty St Magnus cathedral. In the Shetlands, Lerwick is your gateway to Northmavine, boasting incredible coastal scenery and unspoilt sea vistas; and RSPB Sumburgh Head, where fulmars, puffins and various other bird species perch on spectacular sea cliffs. The Isle of Skye is also yours to explore from Portree. Unearth natural wonders, from Kilt Rock to the ‘Old Man of Storr’; or perhaps visit the historic Dunvegan and Eilean Donan castles, set amongst the island’s rugged landscapes. In addition to your land-based adventures, hours of scenic cruising by masterpieces of nature, including the astonishing Fingal’s Cave and Old Man of Hoy sea stacks; colourful Tobermory Bay; and the 13th century Duart Castle will provide fantastic photo opportunities.  

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.